Human-Machine Collaboration

Research Area

Human Machine Collaboration is an emerging research field in the AEC sector. Here requirements differ from those in other industries due to shorter fabrication cycle lifespans, small batch sizes and higher flexibility requests of project-based fabrication. The research area Human-Machine Collaboration explores novel concepts for task sharing between human and machine actors in semi-autonomous fabrication setups. It uses immersive technologies for human skillset extension, information transfer and fabrication control. It fundamentally changes the conceptual approach to the prefabrication of building components.

Selected Publications

  1. 2024

    1. Yang, X., Amtsberg, F., Sedlmair, M., & Menges, A. (2024). Challenges and potential for human–robot collaboration in timber prefabrication. Automation in Construction, 160, 105333.
  2. 2023

    1. Amtsberg, F., Yang, X., Skoury, L., Sousa Calepso, A., Sedlmair, M., Wortmann, T., & Menges, A. (2023). Multi-Actor Fabrication for Digital Timber Construction. ECAADe Proceedings.
    2. Yang, X., Sousa Calepso, A., Amtsberg, F., Menges, A., & Sedlmair, M. (2023). Usability Evaluation of an Augmented Reality System for Collaborative Fabrication between Multiple Humans and Industrial Robots. Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction, 1–10.
  3. 2022

    1. Yang, X., Amtsberg, F., Skoury, L., Wagner, H. J., & Menges, A. (2022). Vizor, Facilitating Cyber-physical Workflows in Prefabrication through Augmented Reality. In J. van Ameijde, N. Gardner, K. H. Hyun, L. Dan, & U. Sheth (Eds.), Post Carbon - Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. CAADRIA.
    2. Abdelaal, M., Amtsberg, F., Becher, M., Duque Estrada, R., Kannenberg, F., Sousa Calepso, A., Wagner, H. J. J., Reina, G., Sedlmair, M., Menges, A., & Weiskopf, D. (2022). Visualization for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction: Shaping the Future of Our Built World. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 42(2), Article 2.
  4. 2021

    1. Amtsberg, F., Yang, X., Skoury, L., Wagner, H.-J., & Menges, A. (2021). iHRC: An AR-based interface for intuitive, interactive and coordinated task sharing between humans and robots in building construction. In C. Feng, T. Linner, I. Brilakis, D. Castro, P.-H. Chen, Y. Cho, J. Du, S. Ergan, B. Garcia de Soto, J. Gašparík, F. Habbal, A. Hammad, K. Iturralde, T. Bock, S. Kwon, Z. Lafhaj, N. Li, C.-J. Liang, B. Mantha, … Z. Zhu (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC) (pp. 25–32). International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC).
    2. Yablonina, M., Ringley, B., Brugnaro, G., & Menges, A. (2021). Soft Office: a human--robot collaborative system for adaptive spatial configuration. Construction Robotics.
  5. 2020

    1. Kyjanek, O., Krieg, O. D., Schwinn, T., & Menges, A. (2020). Mensch-Roboter-Kooperation im Holzbau: Potentiale für die Vorfertigung. Abschlussbericht. In Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau, F3180. Fraunhofer IRB Verlag.
  6. 2019

    1. Kyjanek, O., Al Bahar, B., Vasey, L., Wannemacher, B., & Menges, A. (2019). Implementation of an Augmented Reality AR Workflow for Human Robot Collaboration in Timber Prefabrication. 2019 Proceedings of the 36th ISARC, 1223--1230.
  7. 2016

    1. Lafreniere, B. J., Grossman, T., Anderson, F., Matejka, J., Kerrick, H., Nagy, D., Vasey, L., Atherton, E., Beirne, N., Coelho, M. H., Cote, N., Li, S., Nogueira, A., Nguyen, L., Schwinn, T., Stoddart, J., Thomasson, D., Wang, R., White, T., … Fitzmaurice, G. W. (2016). Crowdsourced Fabrication. In J. Rekimoto, T. Igarashi, J. O. Wobbrock, & D. Avrahami (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology  - UIST ’16 (pp. 15–28). ACM Press.

Contact Information

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Felix Amtsberg

Dr. techn. MSc. Dipl.-Ing.

Research Group Leader | Multi-Actor Fabrication

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